Address: The Beaumont, 8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF; The Zetter Marylebone, 28-30 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JB; The Zetter Clerkenwell, 49-50 St John’s Square, London EC1V 4JJ
Website: thebeaumont.com; thezetter.com
6. Catch a Christmassy show
Cosy up in one of London’s famous theatres as a series of Christmas shows and pantomimes arrive in the capital. Catch Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood in the New Wimbledon Theatre’s Cinderella; the theatre is regarded as one of the homes of panto, so expect a tongue-in-cheek evening that all the family can enjoy. At the London Palladium, stars including Jennifer Saunders, Julian Clary and Nigel Havers are performing a heartwarming take on Peter Pan until mid-January.
Address: New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, London SW19 1QG; The London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF
Website: atgtickets.com; lwtheatres.co.uk
When: Friday 8 December – Sunday 7 January; Saturday 9 December – Sunday 14 January
7. Jack & Boule on the Southbank
After a summer of ball-throwing on the Southbank, Jack & Boule is back for a festive edition. Sip on warming tipples and enjoy lip-smacking flavours from Rico Burrito or Jimmy’s Burgers before turning your hand to a game or two of boule. Teams of up to six are welcome on the eight courts, and sessions last 55 minutes. On weekends, bottomless brunch includes two hours of beer or prosecco and food from one of the stalls for £30 per person.
Address: 101 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP
8. Pop-up ice skating rinks
Take to the ice on one of the capital’s pop-up ice skating rinks this winter as old favourites return and new sites spring up. Move away from the capital and skate in the shadow of a royal residence at Hampton Court Palace’s rink, pairing a lap of the ice with lunch in one of the historic pubs hidden among the leafy suburbs. Just off Oxford Street, Skate West End in Hanover Square is probably London’s most central rink this winter. Best of all, a percentage of every ticket sold is donated directly to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.